The last time we saw Brent Spiner’s Dr. Brackish Okun, his body was being forcibly used as a psychic transmitter to convey the malicious intentions of the invading aliens in Roland Emmerich’s bombastic, semi-masterpiece Independence Day. And then his weak, human husk was thrown across the room and he died. But now, some new Independence Day 2 casting supposes that ... maybe he didn’t?

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Spiner, on the other hand, is an unexpected and delightful surprise. Although best known for playing the android Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiner is a wonderful character actor and a hilarious Twitter presence. He’s worked steadily for the past decade, and it’s going to be fun to see him let loose in a huge movie once more. But how did he survive being manhandled by an alien? We hope the movie goes into needlessly deep detail.

Independence Day 2 is slated for June 24, 2016.